300 episodes

Back to Work is an award winning talk show with Merlin Mann and Dan Benjamin discussing productivity, communication, work, barriers, constraints, tools, and more. Hosted by Merlin Mann & Dan Benjamin.

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    • Technology
    • 4.7, 2K Ratings

Back to Work is an award winning talk show with Merlin Mann and Dan Benjamin discussing productivity, communication, work, barriers, constraints, tools, and more. Hosted by Merlin Mann & Dan Benjamin.

    490: Penetration Engineer

    490: Penetration Engineer

    DISCUSSED: Dan is joining a campaign, and Merlin's eyesight now precludes him from being an AD&D dungeon master; Dan has a concern about his laptop screen and needs your help; then, the boys settle in for a good, old-fashioned recommendations episode; podcasts, pens, video editing apps, a 3D printer, a new SoundSource, hard drives, and even a moisturizing cream for your little patch.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    489: Not a Monkey Man

    489: Not a Monkey Man

    DISCUSSED: the joys of a movie that reveals itself over multiple viewings; good storytelling is difficult but so rewarding; as you know, Bob, a lot of movies have that Walk Hard problem; Merlin has questions about Dan's day-to-day in Travis County; people are cooking the books; why do so many people have the Extremis virus these days?; we could still make a big dent; and, finally, wow, the demands for performance sure can be exhausting.

    • 42 min
    488: Uncle Dad

    488: Uncle Dad

    DISCUSSED: Merlin has discovered a unique new voice emerging from the medical and spiritual communities; your hosts interrogate the implications of this new material; Dan and Merlin have media recommendations; as a main topic, your hosts explore the many, intertwined complexities of trying to figure out "the future" right now.

    • 59 min
    487: Nostradamus Pants

    487: Nostradamus Pants

    DISCUSSED: There's really only one topic right now, and it's not going away any time soon. Many analogies and historical echoes are explored. The future, if it exists, is going to be very weird.

    • 56 min
    486: The Ballad of Danny Knife

    486: The Ballad of Danny Knife

    DISCUSSED: knife talk and flea market nostalgia; a deep dive on state knife law; knife tips from listeners; Merlin reinstalled Homebrew; comfort viewing amidst these challenging times; also, a healthy fear of Australian spiders.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    485: Travis County, P.I.

    485: Travis County, P.I.

    DISCUSSED: Merlin has flies in his bathroom; Dan's town is really going through some times; there's some COVID talk, duh; Merlin solved a very strange iOS beta bug; main topic involves some thoughts on the Apple betas and the tantalizing future that they imply; Dan has a new keyboard and an accompanying conspiracy theory; leathers men are discussed; and, finally, Merlin needs to use the bathroom—provided the flies will allow it.

    • 1 hr 14 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
2K Ratings

2K Ratings

Fishnpharm ,

The most influential podcast I have heard

Back to Work is possibly the greatest podcast available. Dan and Merlin have great chemistry and both offer equal, yet different insights. Whether it is a different way to do things or breakdown of new technology, these two will keep you up to date. There advice is helpful and just may brighten your day. Thanks for All The Great Shows

Daddy-ough ,

Now I get it

When I’m annoying I’m like this podcast, thanks, awareness is important.

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I love this show!

I’ve been listening to Back to Work since the very early days, and it is my favorite show! Even when the topic isn’t something that may interest me, the humor and the fantastic chemistry between Dan and Merlin always make it enjoyable. I just love it!

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